Continente; Norte; Grande Porto
Location of affected unit(s)
Santa Maria da Feira
Manufacture Of Material For Textiles, Apparel, Leather And Related Products
Manufacture Of Leather And Related Products
15 - Manufacture of leather and related products
European Globalisation Fund (EGF)
Year: 2010, Case number: 26

980 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 May 2010
Employment effect (start)
4 May 2010
Foreseen end date
5 May 2010


The German company Rohde, the largest manufacturer of footwear in Portugal, will close its factory in Santa Maria da Feira with the loss of 980 jobs.

A rescue plan had been proposed by administrators but 866 out of 921 workers voting rejected the proposed rescue plan and therefore ensured the plant's closure.

The representatives of the footwear industry trade union in the district of Aveiro and Coimbra say that the workers' decision reflects their frustration that their positions have already been in the balance for over one year. Their contracts were suspended in December and the workers have since been receiving unemployment benefit.

The Santa Maria da Feira Municipality announced that other companies in the region - with the highest unemployment rate in the country - will be unable to absorb the workers who now lost their jobs.

The Portuguese authorities applied for aid from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) and the application is currently being assessed.


  • 4 May 2010: Expresso


Eurofound (2010), Rohde, Bankruptcy in Portugal, factsheet number 70574, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70574.